Scruple

Definition of Scruple

Scru´ple
n.1.A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram.
2.Hence, a very small quantity; a particle.
I will not bate thee a scruple.
- Shak.
3.Hesitation as to action from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; unwillingness, doubt, or hesitation proceeding from motives of conscience.
He was made miserable by the conflict between his tastes and his scruples.
- Macaulay.
To make scruple
to hesitate from conscientious motives; to scruple.
v. i.1.To be reluctant or to hesitate, as regards an action, on account of considerations of conscience or expedience.
[imp. & p. p. Scrupled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Scrupling .]
We are often over-precise, scrupling to say or do those things which lawfully we may.
- Fuller.
Men scruple at the lawfulness of a set form of divine worship.
- South.
v. t.1.To regard with suspicion; to hesitate at; to question.
Others long before them . . . scrupled more the books of heretics than of gentiles.
- Milton.
2.To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple.
Letters which did still scruple many of them.
- E. Symmons.

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